Saturday, November 24, 2007

A Milk And Honey Moment

Take a moment with my friend Sharon, author of Living a Milk-and-Honey Life: Letting Go of What's Holding You Back. And, by the way, did I tell you that Sharon is the newly appointed president of the Sandy Cove Christian Writers Conference? She is and I will post an interview soon. In the meantime enjoy a Milk and Honey moment with Sharon Norris Elliott.

Eight of us had a fabulous girls’ night out last week when we attended jazz pianist Keiko Matsui’s last West Coast concert of her season. I’d never heard her music before. She’s incredible! She blends a surprising mixture of classical, jazz, and rhythm and blues that’s easily and pleasingly palatable.

At the beginning of the concert, Keiko had a problem with her monitor. During the first song, she tried to signal the sound technicians to adjust the volume. That didn’t happen, so after her second song, when she addressed the audience, she also took a moment to tell the sound guys that she was hearing distortion whenever she played loudly. Even when they changed the monitor for her, the distortion seemed to continue. Eventually, either the crew got the monitor to work or Keiko just gave up and finished the evening’s amazing performance. We in the audience never heard any distortion; all we heard was classical-jazz brilliance.

I began to wonder how often during the performances of our lives do we stop and make necessary adjustments when we sense distortion. Even if nobody else hears, sees, or senses that something is wrong, are we so intimately tuned in to God’s heart that we insist on getting things right before we move on?

Psalm 95:7-8a says, “For he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care. Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts…”.(NIV)

Let this week’s Milk and Honey Life Moments be times of determined quietness before God so you can listen for any distortion that may be keeping clarity away from your life. If there is some, once you discover its source, change the monitor, adjust the volume, do whatever you have to do to get your hearing clear. When you can clearly hear what you’re playing, you can play your song beautifully.


1 comment:

Sharon Lynne said...

A very true analogy.

I do have some distortion in my thinking, and am now inspired to clear that up...with God's help.